I’ve made some interesting additions and changes on my blog. My short story Tracking Blackheart Bart has finally been published in an anthology Reach for the Sky published by Rogue Blades Entertainment. Like the other stories in the anthology, it is a science fiction western set in the late 1800’s. I don’t have a copy of the story up on the blog yet (it will be there in January). If you have a Kindle, I can send you a Kindle file of the book containing the story.
I just did a podcast with John Hoda who is a Private Investigator and writer of thrillers. His podcasts are interviews with other PI’s and writers of detective and thriller novels. If you want to listen to the podcast it is number 114 and you can find it at: https://www.johnhoda.com/podcast-my-favorite-detective-stories/ If you are a detective story reader or writer, you may find other of his podcasts fascinating listening.
If you look on Published Stories on my blog, you’ll find nine stories described. Seven of these can be found by a simple click or two. I’ve just added Finishing Off Gammie, a story that was published by Mystery Weekly over a year ago. The two stories not on-line are Tracking Blackheart Bart (see No. 1 above) and Never Kidnap a Crime Novelist.
I’ve added the third and final section to the Compatibility story under the Writing a Story section. These three sections walk you through a short story with a built-in discussion that looks at how such a story might be constructed and, at the end, asks you to think about how the story might be ended or extended. If you’ve read the 1st and 2nd sections, the 3rd section is now on the blog.
Enjoy, Stan Dryer
I have just had 3 more stories published.
“Playing Out the Deck” has to do with pushup poker, the Appalachian Trail, the war in Afghanistan and how friends help each other when things get tough.
“Trouble-Free Driving” describes a hit man’s encounter with an over-friendly state trooper.
“Never Kidnap a Crime Novelist” describes how a crime novelist is kidnapped by a young couple greedy for a cut of the advance on his next book. By the end of the story, the couple discovers just how bad a mistake they have made.
The first two of these stories you can access on-line by going to “Published Stories” on http://www.standryer.com. The kidnapping story is available in print or electronic publishing as described again under “Published Stories”.
I’ve fixed my blog site so that most of my stories can be accessed with single click.
Let me know what you think. Comments are always welcome.
I’ve added two new items to my blog that may be of interest to you.
First, a number of the writers in my writing groups were interested in knowing how to get the short stories they had written published. I wrote a description of what I knew of the world that publishes short stories and the things that a writer should think about when offering stories for publication. When I read this description to one writing group some members felt they would like to see it available for reference. So it is there and you can see it by clicking on GETTING STORIES PUBLISHED. I’ve also added a table of contents to make it a bit easier to find material of interest. Feel free to copy it or suggest it to friends. Also, any feedback would be much appreciated.
Second, I resurrected a story that I wrote that was published 35 years ago in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Titled “A Day in the Life of a Classics Professor”, it describes a world in which androids have replaced athletes in all major sports. The major sport is now competitive classic Roman oratory. You’ll find the story under STORY ARCHIVES.
Here’s an exerpt:
Big Harley Wilson drove Parker’s limousine with a terrifying abandon, cutting in and out through the traffic of autocars at a speed that would have meant disaster for anyone with a shade less skill. Wilson had been a running back with the now defunct Green Bay Packers and he was very used to hurling himself through holes that opened up for only a fraction of a second.
As Wilson drove, he cursed. “No mech scab gonna cut me off.” “Eat monoxide, droid bastards.” “Furbin micro-brains.” And, Parker thought, he had every reason to curse the mechanisms that piloted the other vehicles. They, or their brother androids, had destroyed Wilson’s most promising career
Enjoy, Stan Dryer
This is a note to let you know what’s new on standryer.com.
First, I’ve added another section to the story “Compatibility” under WRITING A STORY. This is a short story I’m writing with commentary on the writing process along the way. Feel free to comment (bottom of this post) and I’ll post appropriate comments with the story.
Second, I’m starting to put some of the stories I published forty years ago up on the blog. The first of these is there, “The Conquest of the Washington Monument” written by an avid monument climber. You’ll find it under STORY ARCHIVES. Here is its first paragraph.
Among technical monument climbers the ascent of the Washington Monument has always been recognized as the penultimate challenge in sheer purity of execution. The monument offers a straight 555 foot Class 7 climb on a hard marble face with artificial aids for direct assistance required all the way. As it has never been scaled, I have long cherished the thought of attacking the monument. I had studied the records of the ill-fated Harkins expedition (See Washington police blotter May 7th 1971) who were forced to turn back at the 42 foot mark on The North Face. Their failure, I felt, was due to their negligence in not disabling the flood lights at the base of the monument to prevent police detection. We would not make that mistake, but other difficulties that I could not anticipate would confront us.
Read the rest under STORY ARCHIVES on www.standryer.com
And finally, I’ve had another couple of stories accepted for publication. “Playing Out the Deck” has to do with pushup poker, the Appalachian Trail, the war in Afghanistan and how friends help each other when things get tough. The second “Trouble-Free Driving” describes a hit man’s encounter with an over-friendly state trooper. Both of these will be published in September and I’ll let you know when and where when they are available to read.
Another of my short storie, The Edge of Solitude has just been electronically published on the Write Launch site. http://www.thewritelaunch.com To read it, go to their site, click on “SHORT STORY” at the top, and scroll down to the story.
I wrote most of this story over 40 years ago. It is based on my experience when, in the summer after my freshman year at Harvard, I worked at a boy’s camp on Lake Timagami in Canada. The camp doctor was a young intern who later went on to work most of his life as a medical missionary in North Africa.
It is nice to see published your recollections of a peaceful moment in your early life. I hope I have at least partially portrayed the essence of a few short summer weeks in an almost untouched wilderness.
Your comments and feedback (bottom of this post) are always welcomed.